The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has kept ticket prices for the popular Nelson Mandela Bay SA Sevens tournament unchanged from last year.
SARU made the announcement on Thursday at the tournament launch, which took place at Humewood Bridge in Port Elizabeth.
The unchanged ticket prices mean rugby fans will be able to watch a full day of thrilling international Sevens action from as little as R80 at South African rugby’s biggest party at the magnificent Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on 8 and 9 December 2012.
The NMB SA Sevens is round three of the HSBC Sevens World Series, which kicks off this coming weekend at the Gold Coast in Australia.
Starting on Thursday, rugby fans anywhere in the world will be able to buy tickets online (www.computicket.com) or from any Computicket outlet.
Following market research and a positive response from stakeholders and rugby fans, SARU changed the event days of the tournament to a weekend format, brining it in line with some of the major Series events such as Hong Kong and the London Sevens.
Ticket prices for the Saturday are: Upper Tier R80, Lower Tier R120 while premier seating on the Main Stand costs R250.
The different admission prices for Sunday are: Upper Tier R100, Lower Tier R150 and premier seating on the Main Stand R300.
Speaking at the launch, Andy Marinos, the SARU GM for Commercial and Marketing, said rugby supporters will definitely get full value for their money at this highly anticipated event.
“The teams and supporters rated last year’s inaugural tournament in Port Elizabeth as a top-class sporting experience,” said Marinos.
“We were delighted to attract over 40 000 spectators last year when we hosted the event for the first time in Port Elizabeth. This year we have switched to a weekend format for the first time and we are confident that an even bigger crowd will come and watch the Sevens action.
“SARU have lined up a top-class entertainment programme for our supporters and we believe that, with the new elements we have managed to add to this year’s programme, we will soon establish the Nelson Mandela Bay SA Sevens as one of the stand-out tournaments of the World Series.
“This year we will have the Party Stand on the Lower South Tier, so we expect that area to be jam-packed with bright coloured, fancy dressed fans. On the Saturday evening supporters will be able to watch a free music concert featuring musical acts by the outstanding DJ Reddy D, The Graham Watkins Project as well as Good Luck bands. This will be exclusively for Saturday match-ticket holders,” explained Marinos.
Another interesting addition to the exciting entertainment programme is the inaugural PE Tens, which kicks off on Friday 7 December on the outside fields of the stadium. Organised by former Springboks Bob Skinstad and Robbie Fleck, the PE Tens hope to follow in the footsteps of the famous Cape Town Tens, which every year attracts hundreds of social rugby players and are watched by thousands of party-going spectators.
Rugby supporters can buy tickets online via Computicket at www.computicket.com or nationwide at kiosk counters in Shoprite and Checkers outlets.
Fans can also contact Computicket on 0861 915 8000 for more information.